$400k raised for park honoring Chardon school shooting victims

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CHARDON, Ohio  — More than $400,000 in donations, grants and promises of services and equipment have been raised for a memorial park to honor the victims of a 2012 northeast Ohio school shooting.

Supporters had hoped to raise $318,000 for the Chardon Living Memorial Park, which will honor the three students killed and several others injured during a shooting at Chardon High School in February 2012.

The memorial includes play and fitness equipment, a renovated trail, plaques and a 10-foot tall statue titled “Echoes of the Heart.”

Donors include University Hospitals, the Cleveland Foundation and The Chardon Rotary.

Volunteers say extra money could be used for improvements or for a maintenance fund.

City officials hope to start construction in mid-September.

T.J. Lane pleaded guilty to the shootings. He’s serving three life sentences.

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